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Offer, dream, and stuff 
1st-Oct-2005 09:50 am
Me: Looking down on Vermont train
So last night I made an offer on a condo. I don’t particularly expect it to be accepted, but we’ll see. In retrospect, it probably makes sense to get the sale of the house moved further along before I make any more offers, but this place would be perfect, so I wanted to at least try.

Are any of you familiar with the breakfast cereal Puffins? I introduced cathijosephine to them, and she later found peanut-butter flavoured Puffins, which I’d never had. So the other day when I went over to her place, she told me we could have peanut-butter Puffins in the morning if we didn’t have pancakes.

The next morning, I woke up, hopped in the shower (where I noticed that she’d put a trimmed piece of shower curtain over the window, but it didn’t quite go all the way down the window), and as I came out of the shower, cathijosephine handed me a red bowl of peanut-butter Puffins. Happy that I was going to get to find out what they tasted like, I set them down on her laundry machine (a combination washer and dryer in the same unit, which is really nifty because she can just use it as a hamper and push the button when it’s full) while I got ready to leave. But unfortunately we were in a bit of a hurry, and I forgot it until we were on the road. A few times since then I’ve thought of that uneaten bowl of Puffins, feeling mildly guilty over leaving something for cathijosephine to clean up, and mildly disappointed about not getting to taste the new cereal yet.

Except it never happened. cathijosephine had told me we might have peanut-butter Puffins the next morning, but we were in too much of a hurry. I didn’t take a shower. The shower-curtain over the window is as I remember it, but the fixtures in the shower are different (as I discovered when I really took a shower there recently). Zeph doesn’t own a bowl like the one she handed me in my memory. Peanut-butter Puffins are more or less rectangular, like regular ones, rather than spherical the way I remember them.

So, this must have been a dream. I even have a pretty good notion of when I might have dreamt it. But the weird thing is that it blended so perfectly and smoothly into the rest of my memory. I thought about it several times over the week, sure that it was real. This makes me wonder what other completely solid memories I have that actually aren’t real — if I’d never thought to mention that forgotten bowl on her counter to Zeph, I’d never have found out this one wasn’t.

(I mentioned it to cathijosephine in the car the last time I went over to her place, and we had quite an entertaining conversation about whether it was real or not. I more or less accepted her assurance that it had never happened, but I wouldn’t have been surprised to smell the sour milk and see the bowl when we opened the door.)

Later, in bed, as we were laughing over this, she told me “You’re a special kind of crazy.” I’m so lucky that she enjoys that kind of crazy.
1st-Oct-2005 03:35 pm (UTC)
i'm hopeful for you, both for the condo and the house. we're having some difficulties selling our house, although in our case a big part of the issue is that since we only bought it a year ago, our selling price isn't that much higher than our purchase price; so in order to make any profit (or even break even given investments that we made, like the new roof) we have to sell pretty high, and that's tough right now. i'm figuring you bought long enough ago and have gained enough equity that, if you needed to, you could price on the lower side and sell pretty quickly and easily.

it's so nice to see you still so happy...
1st-Oct-2005 07:04 pm (UTC)
Good luck with both the house and the condo.

Puffins are tasty, but I've never tried them in cereal form.

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2nd-Oct-2005 04:33 am (UTC)
This makes me wonder what other completely solid memories I have that actually aren’t real

I too (three?) have had this problem. I find that it, and other brain problems, get worse when my overall health is worse (stress is a physical health factor for me as well as other things).

It (and some other interesting occurances) have lead me to speculate on alternate dimentions, though. After all, how could we know whether we flit back and forth between several different versions of "us" or not?
2nd-Oct-2005 12:02 pm (UTC)
Peanut butter Puffins are extremely yummy. I hope you get to try them one day. :-)
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